Participation Through the Years

Inagural B.A.A. Road Race

Monday, April 19, 1897
18 entrants
15 starters
10 finishers

Year-by-Year Entrants

Due to U.S. involvement in World War I, a military relay race was held in 1918.

Year Entrants
1897 18
1898 24
1899 17
1900 36
1901 42
1902 50
1903 69
1904 94
1905 84
1906 105
1907 126
1908 147
1909 182
1910 169
1911 142
1912 131
1913 82
1914 83
1915 78
1916 70
1917 70
1918 Relay
1919 48
1920 76
1921 77
1922 78
1923 78
1924 147
1925 121
1926 112
1927 195
1928 285
1929 215
1930 218
1931 228
1932 261
1933 253
1934 239
1935 212
1936 215
1937 195
1938 209
1939 215
1940 195
1941 156
1942 144
1943 113
1944 80
1945 90
1946 116
1947 184
1948 193
1949 187
1950 167
1951 191
1952 198
1953 198
1954 176
1955 210
1956 211
1957 180
1958 203
1959 198
1960 197
1961 231
1962 232
1963 285
1964 403
1965 447
1966 540
1967 741
1968 1,014
1969 1,342
1970 1,174
1971 1,067
1972 1,219
1973 1,574
1974 1,951
1975 2,365
1976 2,188
1977 3,040
1978 4,764
1979 7,927
1980 5,471
1981 6,881
1982 7,647
1983 6,674
1984 6,924
1985 5,595
1986 4,904
1987 6,399
1988 6,758
1989 6,458
1990 9,412
1991 8,686
1992 9,629
1993 8,930
1994 9,059
1995 9,416
1996 38,708
1997 10,471
1998 11,499
1999 12,797
2000 17,813
2001 15,606
2002 16,936
2003 20,223
2004 20,344
2005 20,405
2006 22,473
2007 23,869
2008 25,283
2009 26,331
2010 26,790
2011 26,964
2012 26,839
2013 26,655
2014 35,671
2015 30,251
2016 30,741
Total 647,099

Push Rim Year-by-Year Entrants

First year of official wheelchair participation
Monday, April 21, 1975
1 entrant
1 starter
1 finisher

Year Entrants
1975 1
1976 0
1977 8
1978 20
1979 n/a
1980 n/a
1981 17
1982 n/a
1983 19
1984 19
1985 24
1986 34
1987 41
1988 48
1989 42
1990 46
1991 78
1992 57
1993 69
1994 80
1995 89
1996 81
1997 63
1998 58
1999 60
2000 51
2001 35
2002 44
2003 25
2004 43
2005 30
2006 27
2007 25
2008 16
2009 29
2010 29
2011 32
2012 32
2013 52
2014 53
2015 50
2016 42
Total 1,569

Growth of the Field

Year Entrants Total Entrants Men Entrants Women Finishers Total Finishers Men Finishers Women
1972 1,219 1,210 9 .n/a n/a 8
1973 1,574 1,562 12 .n/a n/a 6
1974 1,951 1,905 46 .n/a n/a 19
1975 2,365 2,313 52 1,848 1,820 28
1976 2,188 2,110 78 1,161 1,133 28
1977 3,040 2,899 141 2,329 2,227 102
1978 4,764 4,537 227 4,071 3,885 186
1979 7,927 7,400 527 5,958 5,662 296
1980 5,471 5,015 456 3,665 3,428 237
1981 6,881 6,203 678 5,590 5,074 516
1982 7,647 6,780 867 5,046 4,562 484
1983 6,674 5,949 725 5,388 4,833 555
1984 6,924 6,086 838 5,290 4,708 582
1985 5,595 4,894 701 3,931 3,472 459
1986 4,904 4,262 642 3,750 3,294 456
1987 6,399 5,406 993 5,369 4,576 793
1988 6,758 5,665 1,093 5,261 4,472 789
1989 6,458 5,320 1,138 5,104 4,239 865
1990 9,412 7,669 1,743 7,950 6,516 1,434
1991 8,686 7,124 1,562 7,642 6,291 1,351
1992 9,629 7,736 1,893 8,123 6,562 1,561
1993 8,930 7,069 1,861 7,517 6,013 1,504
1994 9,059 7,047 2,012 8,093 6,353 1,740
1995 9,416 7,241 2,175 8,258 6,409 1,849
1996 38,708 29,469 9,239 35,868 27,371 8,497
1997 10,471 7,473 2,998 8,891 6,414 2,477
1998 11,499 7,950 3,549 10,293 7,149 3,144
1999 12,797 8,507 4,290 11,274 7,511 3,763
2000 17,813 11,442 6,371 15,668 10,199 5,469
2001 15,606 9,895 5,711 13,408 8,594 4,814
2002 16,936 10,590 6,346 14,573 9,234 5,339
2003 20,223 12,626 7,597 17,030 10,728 6,302
2004 20,344 12,647 7,697 16,733 10,496 6,237
2005 20,405 12,504 7,901 17,528 10,884 6,644
2006 22,473 13,630 8,843 19,682 12,061 7,621
2007 23,869 14,344 9,525 20,339 12,365 7,974
2008 25,283 14,844 10,439 21,948 13,019 8,929
2009 26,331 15,397 10,934 22,842 13,545 9,298
2010 26,790 15,462 11,328 22,720 13,161 9,560
2011 26,907 15,445 11,462 23,913 13,839 10,074
2012 26,655 15,503 11,152 21,616 12,621 8,995
2013 26,839 15,233 11,606 17,600* 10,649 6,951
2014 35,671 19,572 16,092 31,924 17,531 14,343
2015 35,251 16,500 13,751 26,597 14,580 12,0187
2016 30,741 16,629 14,112 26,629 14,463 12,166
Total 630,540 419,071 211,412 528,423 351,993 176,459

Bold = Boston Record Entrant totals are since 1972, the first year of official participation by women. Finisher totals (Total and Men) are since 1975. *5,633 runners were stopped on the course due to the events that occurred at the finish line. These runners were given projected finish times.

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